‘Miracle’ no one injured in Oak Bay Village Night Market car crash

Organizers will have a look at barrier options for next year after car plows through barriers at Monterey Avenue

Organizers will have a look at barrier options for next year after a “miracle” lack of injuries during a crash at last night’s final street market of the season in Oak Bay.

In a crash attributed to the lowering sun, just after 7 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 10) a driver plowed through the barrier at Monterey Avenue and Oak Bay Avenue, said market organizer Elizabeth Smith, president of the Oak Bay Business Improvement Association.

“I heard this almighty crash and I knew it was the sound of a car crash,” said Smith, still shaken the next morning. “I made sure my vendors were OK.”

Oak Bay Police were quick on the scene, in fact an officer was already at the intersection, she added, and it appeared the crash was deemed purely accidental.

A fundraising booth at the Oak Bay Village Night Market bore the brunt of the crash, with broken merchandise. But the 74-year-old vendor at the end of the market was more concerned with getting her registration in for next year, Smith said with a chuckle.

“What could have happened is unthinkable,” the organizer added, noting it’s the first time in 14 years of closing the Ave for myriad events that this has happened.

“I hope it’s the last.”

 

 

Just Posted

End of the Quest

Oak Bay council unanimously denies Quest’s zoning amendment application

Santa’s Light parade glides through town on Saturday

Vancouver Island’s most popular Christmas parade is back for its 36th year

VIDEO: Innovating healthier homes

NZ Builders bring commercial concept into residential realm to improve energy efficiency and health

Concert band brings music to Monterey

Night of Music with dinner and music is Nov. 23 at Monterey Recreation Centre

Oak Bay High junior girls claim city, Island volleyball titles

The team heads for provincials this week in Surrey to take on 32 other junior teams

VIDEO: Innovating healthier homes

NZ Builders bring commercial concept into residential realm to improve energy efficiency and health

Wet weather expected for much of coastal B.C.

The Weather Network is calling for up to 200mm of rain to fall in some areas of the South Coast and Vancouver Island

B.C. reporter reflects on covering Charles Manson

Charles Manson, leader of a murderous cult, died on Sunday at 83

Running back propels Spectrum Thunder into first Subway Bowl final

Brandon Robbins scores hat trick of touchdowns

ICBC overbilling for crash repairs not the problem, dealers say

Collision repair shops reject union claim of inflated costs

B.C. groups to address child sex abuse in sports

viaSport is organizing a full day of education in association with Canadian Centre for Child Protection and the Coaching Association of Canada.

Report sets exercise guidelines for young kids, including ‘tummy time’ for babies

Kids aged one to four should get at least three hours of physical activity throughout the day

Stampeders return to Grey Cup with 32-28 win over Edmonton Eskimos

The Stampeders will face the Toronto Argonauts next Sunday in Ottawa for the title

Nebraska approves TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline

Nebraska’s Public Service Commission approved TransCanada’s Keystone XL route in a close vote

Most Read